Restaurant Review: Thai Square

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Hannah Talmage enjoys a taste of Thailand at Thai Square in Covent Garden 

Amid the hustle and bustle of buzzy Covent Garden you can find delicious, authentic Thai food. Although Thai Square is part of a chain of 13 restaurants, you wouldn’t know it.

We were welcomed with a friendly smile and the predictable but still rather charming, Thai hello – ‘sawadee ka’ and shown to our table. The vaulted dining room is Asian-inspired with Thai touches, warm lighting and dark wood, there’s also a small courtyard garden at the back.

From the busy streets outside, Thai Square offers a laid-back ambiance after a busy day at the office. The staff were on the right side of attentive leaving us to enjoy our wine and mull over the menu.

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There’s a varied drinks list includes more than 30 wines alongside Singha Thai beer, classic cocktails and their own signature concoctions such as a mek-jito – a combination of Mekhong Thai spirit, lime juice, sugar syrup, fresh mint, ginger and soda.

We opted for a bottle of chilled Monsoon Valley Colombard, which was the perfect accompaniment to our starters of aromatic duck pancakes and chili scallops. The duck was perfectly cooked, crispy in all the right places with a tangy, sticky sauce. My companion’s scallops were lightly cooked and with a hefty chili kick that she loved.

Weeping Tiger

The menu is focused on Thai dishes but there’s also a good smattering of Pan-Asian options and ten interesting sounding main courses for vegetarians too so plenty of choice. For mains we shared the classic Thai dish of ‘Weeping Tiger’ a char-grilled marinated beef dish in a North Eastern styled spicy sauce with rice and noodles and we couldn’t resist one of the house specials, ‘Prawns Loves Scallops – scallops and prawns stir-fried with asparagus in a delicious hot sauce.

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Desserts are never a feature in Thai restaurants but the coconut ice cream was light and refreshing and the perfect end to our meal.

Veg-Sweet and sour tofu

TIP: The restaurant is in the heart of Theatreland so the Pre-Post Theatre menu is great value at £15.95 for three courses, available from 5.30-7.30 and after 10.00pm.

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Where: 166-170 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JB
Bookings: Phone 020 7836 7600 or click here to book

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